Our Vision

As a small hospital, we take pride in developing personal relationships with our clients and their pets. Using the most current knowledge and the cutting edge technology you might expect to find in a much larger hospital, we provide the best possible care in a warm, intimate environment.

Our goal is to build strong, long-lasting relationships with our clients and patients. These relationships, are based on trust, and allow us to tailor our medical approach to meet your needs.

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Shlomo Freiman

Dr. Shlomo Freiman is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has a strong interest in both internal medicine and surgery. He established AHoF in 1999 and has devoted his energy and creativity into making it the unique veterinary hospital that it is today.

“I love my work and feel so privileged to do this for a living. This practice is first and foremost about developing a close relationship between the client, the pet, the staff, and the vet.

When I was growing up in a small, rural community in Israel, our local vet lacked the great resources and technology that we have today, but he was always there for us and for our pets. I really enjoy building these kinds of relationships. I strongly believe that helping my clients understand the often complex medical issues facing their beloved pets, and guiding them through all the choices and options available to them, is one of my most important and rewarding roles as a vet.”

Dr. Freiman’s family includes a wife, two sons and his amazing granddaughters, Neli and Noa, plus a Jack Russell Terrier and a Cairn Terrier, both of whom accompany him to work every day. His hobbies include mountain biking, trail running, and reading. He is also an avid theater and movie-goer.


Dr. Deanna Androski

Dr. Deanna Androski graduated from the University of Missouri- Columbia and is a seasoned practitioner with over 20 years of experience. She thoroughly enjoys the full range of general veterinary practice – medicine, surgery, dentistry, animal behavior, and wellness care.

“I feel so blessed to do be able to do this work and I am excited to work with the AHOF team.

I grew up in the midwest and started working at age 12 as a kennel worker. I instantly fell in love with working with animals. I was equally interested in exploring science, medicine, and surgery. I set my sights on vet school and graduated in 1998. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do more. I especially enjoy how much veterinary medicine, surgery, and dentistry is constantly evolving. I am passionate about life long learning and this career is a perfect fit. My goal is for our pets to have the very best experience and outcome possible. Compassionate, straightforward patient care and communication is fundamental. It’s important that my clients know all of their options. We can then discuss what is the kindest and most appropriate plan for each individual pet and family.”

Dr. Androski lives in Bellevue with her two daughters, a very active cattle dog mix named Rex, a not-so-active geriatric schnauzer/poodle mix named Sprocket, 3 cats, and a small yellow lovebird that they fostered (and then adopted) from the Seattle Animal Shelter. As a family they love to ride horses, travel locally, read regularly, and foster both animals and children. Rex makes sure they are out on a hiking trail or at the dog park often. He has also taught them many lessons on dog behavior and obedience/agility training (and more importantly patience, love, and more patience…and more love).


Dr. Thomas Kuhn

Dr. Thomas Kuhn graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Kuhn’s interest in veterinary medicine began while working at a busy small animal practice in his hometown of Yakima, WA. Being a veterinarian allows him to combine interests in medicine, community engagement, and animal science.

“I am excited to plug into the local community and develop partnerships with clients to provide long-term, individualized veterinary care for dogs and cats. Working at AHoF ensures that I am able to manage a full spectrum of medical and surgical cases in a fully equipped hospital, and with a great veterinary care team.”

A long time Washington resident, Dr. Kuhn commits time to a variety of Pacific Northwest outdoor activities. Living on Mercer Island allows phenomenal access to I90 and the Snoqualmie Pass trails. Dr. Kuhn and his dog Randall love running outside.

 


Dr. Kristina Bernardi

Dr. Kristina Giorgia Bernardi graduated from the University of Perugia, College of Veterinary Medicine. Her background in stem cell regenerative medicine, surgery and anesthesia drives her future vision to act as a bridge between innovative research and clinical practice in the veterinary field.

“Growing up in Rome I’ve always had a passion for nursing, healing and rescuing stray animals. My passion for biology during my undergraduate studies led me into veterinary medicine and I strive to continue to grow as a healer and as a scientist. I feel honored to have the opportunity to serve the community surrounding the Animal Hospital of Factoria in such a special corner of the Pacific Northwest.” 

Dr. Kristina lives in Bellevue with her partner and chi-pin, Jackpot. She enjoys snowboarding, playing tennis, urban hiking, hot yoga and co-rec soccer. She has a passion for architecture, music, great wine and delicious food, art and the outdoor version of it, nature.



Meet the Staff

Barb grew up in the Issaquah area and started working in the veterinary field while in high school. After earning degrees from Eastern Washington University in both Business Management and Human Resource Management, she joined the AHoF team in 2003 as a Veterinary Assistant. She claims that working for AHoF (and Dr. Freiman specifically) has proven to be one of the best and most fulfilling decisions she has made.

Barb currently lives in the Renton Highlands with her husband and five kids, Jake, Aidan, Charlotte, Evelyn, Claira-Jane as well as her German Shepherd, Sachi. Sachi was rescued from Honduras and flown to the U.S. to have orthopedic surgery when she was 6 months old. She needed an adoptive home that could be involved in rehabbing her, and could deal with her physical limitations as she gets older. She has turned out to be the BEST. DOG. EVER. and Barb cannot imagine life without her.

Barb's passion for helping animals is what originally drew her to this profession but working for Dr. Freiman and the love of the relationships she has built with our clients is what has kept her at AHoF. She feels honored to have a job where she can connect with people through their pets and where she believes in the care and quality of medicine we provide.

Gabby grew up all over Washington, recently moved back to Bellevue, and joined the AHoF team. Her mother is a former AHoF employee, so Gabby watched how rewarding it was to her mom when she provided nursing care to animals. She thinks this, is what led her to explore this profession. Caring for her own animals as they aged and required more medical attention really convinced Gabby that her desire to work within the veterinary field was a career path.

When Gabby is not at work, she enjoys drawing and spending time with her twin sister, Maya and little brother, Noah. She has a beagle/lab mix named Koda who is the sweetest friend (with a bit of attitude ;-) . She also spends a lot of time with her mom’s dogs and they all love to hike and explore during the summer. Gabby says that working at AHoF has been an amazing experience and she is excited to be a member of a team so dedicated to caring for animals

Haley moved from California to Washington in April of 2019. Those close to her always knew she’d have a career with animals. She grew up riding horses and loves to go scuba diving with her family. She completed her Bachelors degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she majored in Animal Science. While in college, Haley volunteered at the Marine Mammal Center in Morro Bay, where she helped rehabilitate elephant seals, sea lions, and fur seals. During her education, she he has worked with many different animals, including horses, goats, pigs, sheep, cows, dogs, and cats.

During college, she also loved to travel the world with her dad. They spent two weeks at a wildlife center in Malaysia working with orangutans and sun bears, and another two weeks at a center in Malawi working with lions and a whole lot of monkeys. She even got to help in a massive translocation event where we safely relocated thirty-four wild elephants!

After graduating college, Haley wanted to move somewhere outside of California and get more clinical, small animal experience. This is what brought her to the Seattle area, and AHOF. She lives in Bellevue with her Ball Python, Glitter. She adopted Glitter from a friend and she is 5 years old, almost 4 feet long, and the sweetest snake ever. Haley loves cooking, going to concerts, and spending time outdoors. She has been enjoying her time exploring Washington, meeting new people along the way, and is excited for this chapter of her life!

Jessica moved around a lot as a kid, and got to explore the outdoors in many different regions. Animals and nature enthralled her and became her passion. Growing up she learned as much about animals as she could and decided to pursue a degree in organismic biology. After receiving her bachelors she helped start a local cleaning company, but her heart yearned to be in the natural sciences again, so she started anew by getting a veterinary assistant certificate – leading her to AHoF!

Jessica lives in Bellevue with her husband and two cats; Wayne and Garth “Party on, dudes!” and a fish named Fred. In her free time she enjoys crafts such as pottery, drawing and making chocolates. She also volunteers at a wildlife rescue center two day a week. Is she gets time between all that , she loves to sit down with a good book, bake yummy things and hang out with family and friends.

Jessica enjoys working with animals and would love to go back to school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She is excited to see where the future takes her and loves seeing all the friendly and furry faces that come through the door at AHoF.

Julia’s profound love for all animals started earlier than she can remember. She has never lived without a pet of some sort and can’t imagine what that would be like. Early in high school she knew she wanted to be a Veterinary Technician after attending a job fair at her school. At that job fair, she learned the scope of practice for a Veterinary Technician is similar to that of a human nurse. It was clear that this profession would be the perfect career for her! She graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s Veterinary Technician program with an Associates Degree in September 2017, and passed her VTNE a few months later. Julia joined the AHoF team in 2018 and has never looked back!

Outside of work, Julia likes to spend her free time attending rock concerts, hiking, and being on the water. She also enjoys viewing wildlife in their natural habitat. If it’s a rainy lazy day she is usually relaxing with her pets and reading. She also enjoys spending time with her family and boyfriend, Connor. She currently lives in Bothell with her boyfriend and his Staffordshire terrier, Zeus, as well as her bob-tailed cat, Ziggy.

Julia Z grew up in Yucaipa, California and volunteered at an animal shelter throughout high-school and college. After moving to Washington in 2016, she started working at Banfield Pet Hospital in Bellevue. A year later she became a Veterinary Assistant and found her passion was working with animals! She is planning to attend the Veterinary Technician program at San Juan College in order to further her education in the field.

Julia moved from Redmond to Renton and lives with her boyfriend, their kitty, Luca, and German Shepherd, Kenobi. Luca was a stray kitten found on the streets and she decided to take him in. He loves to hide under blankets and be lazy most days. Kenobi was a birthday present and has become one of her biggest challenges as he is very stubborn, but can be adorably sweet.

Julia was excited to become part of the AHoF team when she realized the shared compassion and commitment to the care of animals. Even though she is one of the newer members, she is excited for the opportunity to work along side an amazing team with wonderful owners and their sweet companions.

Sam grew up loving animals. She has owned and cared for cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and bunnies her whole life. It didn’t occur to her until she after she had graduated from high school and had to take her own pets to the vet, that working with animals was going to be her career. She started her schooling at Pima Medical Institute where she completed their Veterinary Technician program. In 2012, she passed the VTNE and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician and has loved almost every day of her career choice. There is nothing that she loves more than animals and she very is passionate about top-notch patient care.

Sam’s dog is a Pekingese/Pomeranian named Sergio. He was surrendered as puppy because he had Parvo. She nursed him back to health and he soon became her very best friend. She adopted him seven years ago and he has not left her side since. In Sam’s free time she enjoys hiking with Sergio, going to concerts, traveling the world, and wine tasting in her favorite place, Lake Chelan.

Sam is excited to be working at AHoF with this amazing team and can’t wait to see what the future holds.!

Samantha grew up in the Renton area and has lived in Washington since 2001. She and her husband now reside in Kent with their cat Celia Cruz, named after one of her favorite Latin singers. She has always had a great love for animals and knew from a young age she wanted to do more with them and for them.

Samantha studied at PIMA Medical Institute and graduated in 2017 with a Veterinary Assistant Certificate. She Joined the AHoF team in September 2019 and loves helping animals!

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband Miguel, watching movies and going to the gym. She also enjoys Pinterest, DIY projects, cooking for her family, and cuddling with Celia. Celia is the first cat she has owned and she is one of the best things in Samantha's life. She also cares for her 9 year old Chihuahua, Chispita, who lives with her parents. Samantha cannot imagine her life without her family's pets or working in the veterinary field!

Sara is originally from Michigan, and grew up with a strong love of animals and the outdoors. Knowing she wanted to work with animals, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology. While completing her degree, she worked as a Veterinary Assistant at an animal emergency hospital and learned many of the skills used at AHoF today. She also volunteered at a wildlife rehab center and became a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitation through the IWRC.

Sara came to Washington for the first time in 2007 to complete an internship and was able to care for many incredible animals. Moving to Washington allowed her access to all the amazing outdoor activities that are available here.

After completing her degree, she became a Zookeeper and had the privilege of working with many incredible species. She developed very close relationships with several animals, including a two-toed sloth, a bobcat, a grey seal and a polar bear cub.

Sara loves getting to know patients and their people, provide them with the best quality care, and continue learning and developing her skills. In her free time she keeps busy hiking, backpacking, kayaking, as well as wildlife and landscape photography. She has the world very BEST dog, Diva, and she is excited to be part of such a great team!

Saa came to Seattle as a refugee from the war in Liberia. Growing up, animals were a part of his life and he always felt connected to them, especially during times of instability within his country. When he came to the U.S., it felt only natural for him to work with dogs and cats. Saa has worked as a Kennel Attendant at AHoF since 2006, just a few weeks after he arrived in the United States. He appreciates the bond that he creates with the pets who board at AHoF, and he loves getting to know their different personalities.

Saa proudly attended Green River Community College and obtained his GED in 2011, despite English being his second language. After accomplishing that goal, he went on to attend PIMA Medical Institute and got his Medical Assistant certification. Working at AHoF has allowed Saa to build a house for his family back in Liberia. He enjoys volunteering at his church and spending time with his wife and two children. Saa is a fixture at AHoF and we don't know what we'd do without him!